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Posted on 05/08/2019 11:05:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
US President Donald Trump said in a statement issued by the White House on Wednesday that the decision to recognize Brazil as a major non-NATO ally comes due to "Brazil's recent commitments to increase defense cooperation with the United States".
"I am making this designation in recognition of the Government of Brazil's recent commitments to increase defense cooperation with the United States, and in recognition of our own national interest in deepening our defense coordination with Brazil", Trump said in his message to Congress.
During a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, at the White House in March, Trump said that he was considering Brazil's membership in NATO.
However, article 10 of The North Atlantic Treaty, signed in Washington in April 1949, stipulates that the alliance's members may only invite European states to accede to the treaty.
NATO is currently comprised of 29 member states. According to the North Atlantic Treaty, NATO membership is open to "any other European state in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area".
US National Security Adviser John Bolton has confirmed Brazil's designation and has said that the bilateral cooperation would focus on Venezuela, Iran, and China.
Brazil's recognition as a major non-NATO ally comes also amid the ongoing political crisis in neighboring Venezuela. However, Brazilian Defence Minister Fernando Azevedo de Silva told reporters earlier in March that Brazil was not considering military intervention in Venezuela.
"That's not a hypothesis we're considering. Brazil is looking forward to a peaceful and swift solution to the crisis in Venezuela". Azevedo said.
Large-scale protests against Nicolas Maduro sparked in Venezuela on 21 January soon after he was sworn in for a new term. Juan Guaido proclaimed himself an interim leader of the country. A number of Western countries, including the United States, backed his claim. Maduro, in turn, has accused the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup in order to install Guaido as its puppet. Russia, China, and a number of other countries have voiced their support for constitutionally-elected Maduro as the only legitimate president of Venezuela.
Amid the events, which Caracas has repeatedly described as a failed coup attempt, Bolton reiterated that "all options are on the table" with regard to Venezuela, adding that Washington hopes to see a peaceful transfer of power.
This is a good move.
The dont' mention that this is as provided for in the Venezuelan Constitution.
Guaidó invoked Venezuela’s constitutional crisis provisions—Articles 233, 333, and 350—which empower the president of the National Assembly to assume interim presidency of the country to restore the democratic order. He has already begun this process. Guaidó has offered amnesty to any military officers who disobey the dictatorship and has indicated he would do the same for Maduro if he were to allow free and fair elections.
Is it me or do the major countries there seem to fluctuate as to who is right wing and who is left wing every decade or so?
I don’t know enough about the region but I thought Brasil had a lousy government only a little while ago.
I love this new guy.
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. So much for BRICS. House.
It’s safe to say since the 1950s....Brazil has gone from government to government, in a crisis stage over the economy...with each change of government bringing in a new left-leaning team with ‘gifts’ for the general public.
It’s also safe to say that over the past thirty years....criminal behavior, gang violence, drugs...have become the ‘norm’ in Brazil. Most of the metropolitan or urban areas have well-to-do neighborhoods only by hiring out private guards. If you bring up any discussion with Brazilians....they will all say that corruption within the government (decades long) has made the public question just about everything that occurs politically.
This guy and his party have probably five years to show some dynamic change, or another ‘gift’ candidate/party will appear and progress onto the next chaos.
It would serve the US well to partner up with Brazil...develop more economic ties, motivate the typical Brazilian to be pro-commerce, and downsize the amount of corruption going on.
One thing for sure is Bolsonaro has a big mouth. He is a conservative populist and saying a lot of good things but yet to deliver.
Another thing suspicious about him he is too focused on corruption by previous administrations.
I understand why it is a big thing in the countries like Brasil but hystory shows that anti-corruption crusaders make poor leaders.
It is a sort of hope and change dope although from a different angle.
And the next administration will expose his corruption too.
Thanks for filling me in.
And yeah I hope it works out for them.
that’s logical reasoning.
Trump didn’t focus on corruption until he was FORCED to in order to save his presidency.
Can you imagine??
He would have let bygones be bygones because he wanted to focus on the country and they STILL went after him!
Trump is another extreme. If I were him I’d put a lot of traitors in prison.
If you’d have done even a fraction of what they have done, you’d be paranoid too!
Hillary is not in prison so far.
I hope he does. I think Barr is a force to be reckoned with.
ONE thing is for sure.
There will only be one winner standing at the end.
We shall see who it is.
Even with all its problems, Brazil has a larger GDP than does Russia.
Yes, yes they do. Brazil is flaky. It is going through a good period now. The country is run from Brasilia of course but the representation is composed of industrialists from the South that are European like and near aboriginals from the north that sometimes seem barely out of the stone age. Then there are the masses that live in the favelas and survive by the law of fang and claw.
Brazil is flaky.
I like it!
Now if we’d just dump the EU....
Most Latin American countries are really two societies in one. In most of these nations, there's an affluent, civilized minority that is primarily of European descent. The rest of the populations consist of savages - Indians in squalid villages, gang-infested urban mestizo barrios (picture East LA on a grand scale), and (in the case of Brazil and other countries where slavery was prevalent) Quilambos that look like mini-Haitis.
The fundamental problem is that the affluent, European minorities of these countries are unable to manage the non-European majorities except through tin pot military dictatorships that struggle to keep the peace. Otherwise, they wind up as failed states or narcostates.
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